I'm a new homeowner, and I'm trying to decide if I should switch from an oil furnace to an electric furnace. I live in the Pacific Northwest, and electric rates aren't bad (lots of hydroelectric power). Natural gas is not cost effective given the expense of having a gas line run to our house, so that's not an option. I'd like to get a furnace installed that was set up for a future installation of a heat pump, but we're at least a year away from that. I'm concerned about cost--up front and down the road--but I'm also concerned about environmental impact. Any advice is much appreciated.